Sunday 4 December 2016

'I think about you every day' Mary Berry tells Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain

Published 12/01/2016 | 00:06

Nadiya Hussain told Radio Times she still enjoys baking cakes for other people
Nadiya Hussain told Radio Times she still enjoys baking cakes for other people

Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry still thinks about last year's winner Nadiya Hussain "every single day", she told her.

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Stay-at-home mum Hussain triumphed in the BBC contest in October, with judges Paul Hollywood and Berry expressing their pride in the win.

She told the Radio Times: "I saw Mary recently, and she said to me, 'Just because I don't text and do all this fancy technology stuff, it doesn't mean I don't think about you every single day'.

"I never imagined someone like her would say that to me."

After crowning Hussain winner, Berry had said: "I am really proud of Nadiya, not so confident to start with, but over the weeks she has grown in confidence.

"She came into the tent for the final, and was nervous - but she had the look that said she can do it."

Hussain has sin ce become a columnist for The Times Magazine, and signed a publishing deal with Penguin Random House, with a book in the works and expected to hit shelves in June.

She also revealed that her three children, Musa, aged nine, Dawud, eight, and five-year-old daughter, Maryam, had picked up her refined flavour combinations.

"They know their flavours, which is nice, because it means they've been listening. My older son asked for a burnt sugar coconut praline cake for his birthday last year," she said.

And despite the pressures of the Bake Off, Hussain still enjoys making cakes for other people.

She said: "As therapeutic as it is for me, the reaction that you get from people when you bake them a cake - that's the most important thing."

:: This week's Radio Times goes on sale on Tuesday 12 January.

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